The Ukrainian authorities are stepping up talks with global pharmaceutical companies and other governments to speed up the supply of a high-quality, proven vaccine against COVID-19 to Ukraine. This was stated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy talking to the media during a working trip to the Zaporizhzhia region.
"The Ministry of Health is constantly negotiating the supply of the vaccine with many Western partners: Moderna, AstraZeneca, Chinese manufacturers and European manufacturers," the President said.
According to him, initially Ukraine was to receive a free vaccine against COVID-19 in the amount of 8 million doses in the second or third quarter of next year. Currently, the first batch is expected at the end of the first quarter.
"Every effort must be made to speed up this process of providing the vaccine. I am talking to the leaders of the EU and not only the EU so that we can speed up the supply of high-quality, proven vaccine," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President noted that negotiations are underway with India, Great Britain, France and many other countries. In particular, a few days ago Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron and also raised the issue of receiving the first batch of vaccine by Ukraine in late January - mid-February.
The Head of State also stressed that free vaccination will be provided for the segments of the population that are in the risk zone: health workers, military, social workers, police, etc.